Monthly Archives: September 2017

President Barack Obama Encourages School Children

If the guardians don’t care, who will? Who will the children look to for answers? They can’t ask young people that are older than they are, because they have gone down the same worthless path.

Earl: As a Mom who works non-traditional hours, how do you find time to read with your daughter? What kinds of reading rituals have you established in your family?

It may not solve your financial situation immediately, but it will help you network with other parents, with teachers, and with administrators. You will find friends and perhaps contacts that will be useful. As a bonus, you will find a sense of accomplishment for having helped children and for doing your part in education reform. If you have your own children in school, it will help boost their confidence knowing the importance you place on education. And, for you? You will stop thinking about your own situation, at least for the duration of the school day, and knowing you have accomplished something – an antidote to feeling useless.

Another way to appreciate teachers is by staying involved through the last weeks of the legislative session.Be aware of what is going on and speak out to shape public policy. So what are legislators up to this week? Let’s take a look.

I wrote about the education of Barak Obama, then a candidate. Let’s now look into Sonya Sotomayor’s education. Like Obama, she does not have a privileged background. Born and raised in the Bronx by immigrant parents, her father dies when she was 9. She goes to Blessed Sacrament School in Soundview, and then to parochial Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. Just like Obama, Sotomayor is not a product of public school system.

First of all, the legislature is still well short of the goal of restoring funding for public education that was cut by .4 billion in 2011. If the cuts are not fully reversed, then for 2014-2015 some portion of those cuts will continue. Yet the Texas House nonetheless today gave preliminary approval to HB 500 by Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville), a bill that would take 7 million out of the state treasury for tax giveaways to businesses. In fact, nearly all of the money would come directly out of a specific fund in which business franchise taxes are deposited to pay for public schools.

To be fair, at least four of Supreme court judges graduated from public schools. Public schooling works for middle and upper class children (although keep in mind, most of the Court judges graduated from high school a while ago). However, for a person from a poor or minority background, to rise to the top seems to require some private schooling.